Sculptures in bronze are inherently monochromatic; the drama and nuance coming from structure, texture and sheen.
The Bomber Command Memorial, located in the Auckland Museum is quite a small work — the figures are around 30cm tall. Yet it is highly detailed, right down to the texture of the sheepskin in the airman’s jacket collar. The work as a whole depicts the crew of a Lancaster bomber, and was commissioned by the New Zealand Bomber Command Association as a memorial to the 6000 New Zealand airmen who served in the RAF during World War II. Almost one third of those young men died in combat or of wounds sustained.
The Meeting Place, by British sculptor Paul Day is situated within St Pancras Station, London. The nine metre tall sculpture depicts an embracing couple and is impressive — if only because of its scale.
But actually, I prefer the frieze around the base of the work. Appropriately for a railway station, it comprises a series of scenes of arrivals and departures; welcomes and farewells.
The images below show WWI troops, their eyes covered, one hand on the man in front, walking in single file along the platform while civilians farewell their loved ones aboard a train heading, almost certainly, to war.
The figures in the frieze are about the same size as in the Bomber Command Memorial, and are even more detailed. Even the rough texture of the soldier’s bandages has been captured by the artist’s skill.